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User currently offlineTWAMD-80 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1006 posts, RR: 3
Posted (9 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 2359 times:

It has been awhile since I have seen a thread on this topic and I was also kind of curious about it for the Christmas Season. Judging from B&H, it looks like there are two major players - Epson and Smartdisk.

Do any of you have experience with these or other drives? Any info is appreciated. Thanks,


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User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 21 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

Is it necessary that you have to see the photos that are stored on the portable HD? Here is what I use (40gb, plenty)


and since I didnt need the option to view the photos, just more concerned with storage I saved a lot of money. These are also MP3 Players and come with headphones.

User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9758 posts, RR: 66
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 2341 times:

As a Nikon shooter I have had my eye on the Coolwalker for a while, but I just keep buying more memory cards, and download stuff in my hotel.

Anyways, 30 gigs for $300, with a 2.5" LCD.

User currently offlineINNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3782 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 2336 times:

I've the same opinion as Chad, why do you have to see the photos on the portable storage device? You can look at them on your camera LCD anyway.

I've got a 40GB PD7X image tank, that's enough for me. It's fast, not very expensive and suitable for most kinds of memory cards.


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 2330 times:

I'm happy with my Nikon Coolwalker.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineIL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

Quoting INNflight (Reply 3):
I've got a 40GB PD7X image tank, that's enough for me. It's fast, not very expensive and suitable for most kinds of memory cards.

I have that one too and it's cost me many pictures I took in Australia, as it corrupted my files and later stopped working all together (getting errors all the time).   I had it replaced with another one in Singapore and that one works alright I guess, but the battery life is appalling. Empty two cards (256 or 512) and it's (new!) batteries are practically drained. With 2Gb in CF cards I hardly use it though. I've read many reviews on-line about this device and most of them are negative. But the company that manufactures these denied all complaints of course. I have a bad experience, but if you're happy with it, no problem then.  


[Edited 2005-12-14 08:19:25]

User currently offlineDendrobatid From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 1721 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 2317 times:
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I use a 40 GB Smart disk and it is great. I have 3 Gb of cards and so usually leave the Smartdisk in the hotel and dump the images into it at the end of the day. The device stores the RAW files but reads the embedded low resolution JPEG
I find it impossible to not have a look at the images and though the smallish screen is rather soft it is useful to check that there are no major problems. If used simply for storing the battery life is not too bad, Using it for viewing it is inevitably pretty short, but by sticking to using the hotel room, I only use it on the power supply.
The SmartDisk stays at home on my days out, but on holiday I would be lost without it
Mick Bajcar

User currently offlineSaxdiva From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 2384 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 17 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Quoting Dendrobatid (Reply 6):
I use a 40 GB Smart disk and it is great.

Same system I've been using for over a year now. One cool thing about these devices is you can run a line from the drive into a standard TV. While I won't say the resolution on that has been fabulous, I'm sure the new models are better than what I've got. It's been well worth the $450 to not have to take a laptop on week-long trips.

User currently offlineJavibi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 2301 times:

I am using a 80GB CompactDrive PD70X (new model) since September and it is working beautifully, no problems in my Australia trip whatsoever  Wink

Fast download (1 GB in less than 2 minutes), looong battery life and good value (I paid 258 Euro for mine).

My 2 cents


User currently offlineChrisH From Sweden, joined Jul 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 16 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

I use the Epson P-2000. It's a bit pricy but it sure is nice.

The Coolwalker is discontinued since a long time now, no replacement planned either from what I've heard.

what seems to be the officer, problem?
User currently offlineLindy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

I use Kangaroo Hard drive with 6 different slots for your cards. 20GB, compact size, and very light. Downside is long tranfer times (512MB card in 5 minutes), and short battery time. When HD is fully charged you can transfer 4GB worth of pictures before you drain them. $150 from TigerDirect.com


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